6 cheap places to retire abroad

North, south, east and west, these destinations all offer great deals for US emigrés looking for the perfect place to spend their golden years.

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Oct 10, 2012 10:43AM



Chaing Mai: You can only stay in Thailand for a certain amount of time, you will need to leave the country and come back.


As much as I would like to live overseas, what if's always happen, sure it's nice to retire in a foreign country but what if a civil war breaks out or some sort of catastrophe happens in the country you are living in: earthquake, tidal wave, volcano eruption. Could you afford to come back and live in the US? Also, with Social Security requiring a bank account to do direct deposit, what arrangements are required so you can get access to that money while overseas. There is alot to consider, it's not AS EASY as this article makes it sound. Some countries are buckling down on foreigners swarming in and getting cheap deals, it's the same here with illegals and foreigers coming here and getting good deals at taxpayers expense.

Oct 10, 2012 10:43AM
msn regularly comes out with these articles of "Retire abroad", and they come out with countries like Nicaragua, Cuba,etc  and a bunch of other countries that are totally unsafe to visit. Forget about retiring abroad, look for places in the US. 
Oct 10, 2012 10:35AM
     again you are running this article.  must be international living pushing this.   back up six commits to jack sitti.  this man is telling it the way it is.  i spent seven years in panama.  its not cheap anymore.  i couldn't wait to get home.
Oct 10, 2012 10:29AM
I retired four months ago....now I'm with family in puerto rico....but want to retire in the states.....always had in mind the mountain areas of South/North Carolina....the blue ridge mountains...any of them states surrounding the mountains.....I will have to take a trip there....see....keep you informed....did my army time (3yrs) back in the early 70's in south Carolina....learned english there....loved it....
Oct 10, 2012 10:23AM
There are places down south where you can retire....I like Chile....but this country is going up....in a few yrs may be too expensive, but by far the best country....lived in Bolivia for some time....but it lacks infrastructure....pretty backward actually....no roads to most of the country...still not a bad place....crime wise is quite good (worked/lived in the amazonian side...The Beni/Trinidad)but too corrupt....you foreigner....auromatically rich.....pay more than native....if you can put up w/that...great place....people is mellow (bolivia never won a war...or a battle....they are peacefull)
Oct 10, 2012 10:18AM
I do fine in the US on less then a couple grand a month since retiring.  I planned & paid for my house & bought a $5,000 vehicle 7 years ago that is still fine.  I read an article less then 2 weeks ago, google it, about people that move to foreign countries & are isolated & no one to talk to since they can't speak the language & end up having to be put on a plane back to the US because of nervous breakdowns.  Why do stories contradict other stories so rapidly.  Do they think we are idiots? 
Oct 10, 2012 10:14AM
Could you post those stories? I'd love to see them, get the real facts as stated.
Oct 10, 2012 9:58AM

 In Guatemala, which has one of the highest mortality rates in the world and where violence is rampant, burial grounds have transformed into social spaces where relatives and friends of the deceased drink and dance as photographers are hired to take pictures and musicians play during funerals. Meanwhile, workers exhume bodies from plots that are behind on their payments, street peddlers set up shop and children play hide-and-seek.

oh yeah!

Oct 10, 2012 9:58AM

so theyre saying retirees can move to guatemala and then theres another article about how there was just a mass murder in guatemala city- great! but then i guess there is crime everywhere.

Oct 10, 2012 9:55AM

Yea, you go and attempt to retire in another country.  Let me know how it worked out.  Just to let you know some little tidbits, though.  The foreign governments are not as lenient as the USA.  Also you are a foreigner there and to many countries "Have no rights"......  These guys that wrote this article didn't mention that, Did they????   Also did you know in the past decade, or so some countries have "confiscated' all the wealth that "Retirees" brought with them and jailed them.  For no better reason than the retirees were better off than the locals.   So you go and have a ball an retire in those foreign countries.  I will just retire here and keep what I work so hard for...........................

Oct 10, 2012 9:53AM
Barry is a little crazy or can live on fried roaches, locust, and noodles or rice.  I'm living in Northern Thailand and hate every day I'm stuck here. Thailand doesn't comes anywhere close to USA IN SO MANY WAYS!  Cost to eat western foods is crazy expensive, strawberries $1 Us each, bing cherries are $12 a handfull, instant coffee $15 a jar etc. Health care is superb and very affordable. Internet service is a joke, taking 3 hours to download a 25 minute TV episode.  Driving is a death derby each time you get behind the wheel, no traffic laws, more like traffic suggestions.  Crime on foreign tourist is
high but kept on the QT.  Law enforcement is a joke, the rich get slaps on the hands the poor pay!
This isn't like the ads would like you to believe, the land of 1000 smiles. USA USA USA.
Oct 10, 2012 9:46AM
Go farther and enjoy the Philippines. It has very good hospitals and very hospitable people.
Your retirement money will go very far.
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Oct 10, 2012 9:46AM
All you need is to shop around in the good old USA. No, you wont be able to live high on the hog in New York or have a couple of high end cars, but there are a lot of places here where if you worked at it a little bit  you can live somewhat comfortably on a single social security check.   besides Guam, all of the other places leave you somewhat exposed to their potential problems.
Oct 10, 2012 9:36AM
Aregentina?!  Really?!  Did you guys even research before writing this article?  Was the information based on data from 20 years ago?  Argentina is in shambles as a country.  Poverty, starvation and crime abound.  Yes Buenos Aires is probably the safest place in the country but inflation is so rampant there.  I'm thoroughly conviced. . . the writer of this article is an idiot!
Oct 10, 2012 9:32AM
yo einstein-reitree place editor, the opening photo of  the guy sitting by himself on the pier? Y'know what he's saying to himself? I want a Chicago Hot Dog with everything on it. He's lonely, depressed and not in his homeland. Make the U.S. more affordable and we won't have to suffer these dreadful fish outa water.stories.
Oct 10, 2012 9:13AM

Count me in.  When I can go, I'll be on my way.  The American corportate greed has taken my health care, frozen my retirement amount years ago, and are walking people my age out of their jobs every week.  No one has to wish me a goodbye or say hateful things.  I'll go willingly to be able to lead a middle class life that is being sucked out of me right now.  This 99%er will be one less burden on the rest of you that want to stay.

To each their own. Best of luck to all.

Oct 10, 2012 8:52AM
They just want Americans OUT of their own Country and Political System if possible and to mix everybody up to help their globalization scam...Retire in the U S and vote to SAVE the U S by STOPPING the Immigration Industry and shutting the borders. To save the U S and your children from overpopulation and  merging with that craphole Mexico you MUST shut down immigration. Overpopulation is here and we are staring it in the face. Save fuel and energy, food and clean water, healthcare and open space for your children...STOP CHAIN MIGRATION TODAY....Go
Oct 10, 2012 8:50AM

Yea I suggest all you Dumbocrat liberal progressives out there of any age all move to Spain. This way you can see what you Dumbocrats in local,state and of course DC are doing to this country. Free retirement money,free college, free women's birth control(as if someone one would actually lay with Sandra, sober that is, free college education, more cops, more firemen, and of course more teachers, more peeps on food stamps, open the border a little bigger so that more unskilled and un educated peeps can come on in( hey we have union teachers for that they turn out plenty of them everyday) and of course the crowning achievement to your utopian dream world free universal health care for all. They finally are fifgurifng it out that there is no one left to pay for this pile of shix you liberals have created. Maybe a few years over there in a nice riot zone would change your mine.

Oct 10, 2012 8:45AM
OK. Thats pretty funny.  sounds like US is still the best to retire.  why would I want to retire to a foreign country when I pay the same price as living here?
Oct 10, 2012 6:42AM
All your "top 10" stuff could all be listed on one page. I refuse to feed into information designed to increase click count for advertisers. I would rather not know
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